Former Basketball Coach Ray Wilson Dies
Former Bronc Coach Ray Wilson Dies
The Rider department of athletics was saddened to hear of the passing of former Rider basketball coach Ray Wilson. Wilson lived in North Carolina for the last 20 years and passed away over the weekend at the age of 71.
A long-time resident of Toms River, NJ, Wilson was an assistant coach of the Rider men's team in the early 1980s, including the 1983-84 team that won the East Coast Conference Championship and took part in the NCAA Tournament.
Wilson moved over to be the head coach of the Rider women in 1985 and was named the ECC Coach of the Year his first season, leading Rider to its first-ever ECC Final Four appearance. He served as the Rider women's head coach for five seasons.
While at Rider Wilson coached current Rider women's basketball head coach Lynn Milligan. "He was such a nice man, and a very good coach," Milligan said. "The players all really liked him. This is sad news."
A 1964 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Wilson taught physical education at Lakewood High School and led the Piners to three Shore Conference Championships during his five years as the boys head basketball coach before moving on to Rider.
Wilson also coached at Hammonton High School for two years, leading the Blue Devils to their first winning season in 20 years.